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Early Plea for Passover Legumes.

July 21, 2016

It is 1810. The deprivations of the Napoleonic Wars have hit hard, and Jewish soldiers in the Kingdom of Westphalia have begun asking their communal leadership to relax the Passover dietary restrictions on consuming legumes.

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Old Religion in the New World

June 30, 2016

In honor of the 4th of July, the Frances-Henry Library is high-lighting some pre-Revolutionary War synagogues.

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Shavuot Resources

June 09, 2016

If you are looking for program idea for an all-night study session, prayer-books, commentaries on the Book of Ruth, or a great blintz recipe, the library has the resource you need.

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What's Your Superpower?!

May 09, 2016

What if your superpower is the ability to combine images and words into a seemless whole?  And then what if you chose to use your powers to shine a light on different aspects of Jewish History?

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Holocaust Remembrance Day and Israel Independence Day

May 04, 2016

May 5 is Holocaust Remembrance day. We have many (many many) books in the library on the Holocaust as well as liturgy and prayers to be used in services.

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A Colorful Passover

March 31, 2016

There are many beautiful and colorful haggadot in the Library's collection, but every year Los Angeles professor, Rabbi Richard Levy, brings his class in to examine the Polychrome Historical Haggadah for Passover.

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Sex in the Talmud

March 14, 2016

Spring is in the air, so naturally our thoughts turn to ... Talmud! Just kidding. Our thoughts turn to sex. In the Talmud. It is my pleasure to interview author and Talmudist, Maggie Anton.

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Rejoice! it's Adar

February 26, 2016

It's no joke! The library has a great variety of Purim resources.

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Eugene Borowitz z.ts.l.

January 27, 2016

The Library mourns the loss of Dr. Eugene Borowitz

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Tu bi-Shevat - the Jewish Arbor Day

January 06, 2016

Tu bi-Shevat (15th of Shevat) is the New Year of the Trees. Check the library catalog and resource page for many examples of Tu bi-Shevat seders, prayers, and activities.

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